Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of Trinidad and Tobago.
RIP to a Great Priest
Praying for the Repose of the Soul of my former parish priest Fr Knolly Knox CSSp who passed away last night Sep 29th 2013
“A most humble human being, Fr Knolly Knox’s life has been founded on strong moral principles and has been devoted to the service of others and the service of God.
He is one of three children of his parents, the late Hector and Juliana Knox – the others being his late brother Anselm Knox who served in World War II and his sister Electra Harris.
Fr Knolly received his early education at Rosary Boys’ and Nelson Street Boys’ RC before going on to St Mary’s College, following his successful completion of the School Exhibition.
Fr Knox was ordained at the Holy Ghost Fathers’ Missionary College in Ireland on July 15, 1951…after ordination Fr Knolly returned to Trinidad to assume a teaching position at St Mary’s College. Like other great teachers, Fr Knolly led his students to the discovery of their own wisdom by his example. His own life is directed by strong values of integrity, truth, commitment, discipline, respect for others and, most importantly, family life. These values he happily passed on to his many students over the years. “I encouraged the boys to achieve their full potential… I encouraged them to be good, responsible men; men who would contribute to improving our society, men who would make a difference to the lives of others.”
Fr Knox assumed responsibility for his first parish, St Anthony’s in Petit Valley, in 1974, following his retirement from active teaching at St Mary’s College. As the parish priest of St Anthony’s for eight years, he admits to cultivating many cherished and enduring friendships among his parishioners. He left Petit Valley parish in 1982 to become the parish priest of St John the Baptist Church in San Juan. Eight years later, in 1990, the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin reassigned him to St Anthony’s parish in Petit Valley, much to the delight of his friends and parishioners there. After spending another nine enjoyable and productive years at St Anthony’s Fr Knox was given the responsibility of parish priest of the Church of the Assumption in Maraval.
His own life, he said, was a combination of love and support from many quarters. “I am fortunate to have a lot of people to thank for my own life over the years. Foremost among them would be my parents, who supported me throughout my life and who supported perhaps the most important decision of my life; the Holy Ghost Fathers and my friends, among them my parishioners. I believe that God has put each of us here on this earth for a reason. We each need to discover what that reason is, and work toward fulfilling it, so that when we move on from this life, we would have had no regrets, but the satisfaction of knowing that we have fulfilled our duty as human beings.”(quoted from the Catholic News of Trinidad & Tobago, July 16th 2011, on the occasion of Fr. Knox's 60th Anniversary of Priestly ordination)
Fr Knox, died last night; may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in Peace and may the life and testimony of Fr. Knox in the Classroom and in the Parishes where he served, inspire many young men to follow Jesus as Spiritan Priests. Amen
The Dominican Community of Holy Cross Priory, Calvary Hill, Arima which was founded as a house in 1963 has a new prior. The new prior named is fr. Ferdinand Warner OP. He is fondly known to those around him as Fr. Fedi. He was born on 6th January, 1964 in the most southern part of Trinidad called Cedros. He is the last of seven children. He entered the Dominican Order on 15th September, 1986 and was ordained on 22nd June, 1997.
Fr. Warner served in many parishes here in Trinidad as parish priest, such as: St. Joseph, Curepe, and Santa Rosa. He was the promoter for Justice and Peace for the Caribbean and Latin America. He was the president of the conference of Dominican Fathers in the Caribbean.
Currently there are three friars and one layman living at the priory. They are: fr. Matthew Ahye OP, fr Urban Hudlin OP (who is on study leave), fr Dwight Black OP. The familiaris Mr. Aubert Geoffry (Br. Navis) .
We at Dominican Vocation of Trinbago welcome fr. Warner OP and wish him God'…
We of the Irish Vicariate hear in Trinidad and Tobago was full of joy due to the visitation of our provincial fr. Pat Lucy.
Diary - Places Visited and People Met Wednesday, 26 January: On arrival at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Ben Moran and I were met by Tom Lawson who drove us to St Finbar’s, Diego Martin. There we were greeted by Karol Wielgosz as well as John O’Connor and Tim Calvert, both of the Province of England, who were on a pastoral visit to Grenada and Trinidad. Thursday, 27 January: Before lunch we were brought on a tour of St Dominic’s Pastor Centre by Tom Lawson and the manager, Karen Montbrun, and we had the finances of the centre and the community detailed for us by Karen Yetming. In the afternoon I had discussions separately with Michael Hayden and Karol Wielgosz. Friday, 28 January: In the morning I met with the superior of the community, Tom Lawson. In the afternoon I had an appointment with the Archbishop of Port of Spain, Dr Edward Gilbert. Saturday, 29 January: At 1…
The pictures of newly ordained deacon Rev. Matthew Martinez OP. The ordination was officiated by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin. The Irish Dominican friars here in Trinidad and Tobago rejoice over this our brother on reching thus far. He was ordained to the diaconate in Saint Saviour's Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends, representatives of the Dominican family in Ireland and local parishioners from the Dominick Street area to witness the joyful liturgy.
These are some pictures of the diaconate ordination of ReCongartulations.